I usually plant trees and shrubs that eventually grow to cover fences. However, I saw a picture in a garden magazine with Arborvitaes planted along a fence with large tiles hung on the fence in between them. That garden idea would look perfect in an area along our back fence. I found the perfect stepping stones at a local nursery; the package said the slate pictures could be stepping stones or wall plaques. However, when I unpacked them at home I learned that they had nothing attached to the back to allow for hanging. With a little research and trial and error, I was able to hang the pretty stepping stones on the fence.
First, let me share what did not work. I first glued garden wire to the back of the stepping stone with adhesive made for wire, glass, and metal. The glue did not hold the wire to the slate. Then I attached mounting tape to the back of the stepping stones and was going to stick them on the fence. I changed my mind because I wanted to be able to easily take the stepping stones off the fence if we move or if I got a different garden idea. Then I learned how to hang plates on a wall with wire. That would have worked; however, my slate stepping stones were too heavy for the wire I first got. What finally worked was the method for hanging plates with really strong wire.
How to Hang a Stepping Stone
If you’d like to hang a stepping stone to a fence, you can first nail a picture hanging hook into the fence.
Then you’ll need wire strong enough to hold your stepping stone. (What finally worked for me was 14 gauge steel wire.) Note that annealed black wire is easier to work with and much prettier, so use that if you can.
To cut and bend the wire, you’ll also need a wire cutter and pliers.
For one stepping stone, cut two pieces of wire long enough to be bent and extend a few inches beyond the edges of the stone.
(Note that you’ll place the stone facing down onto a table. I used a tile underneath one end of the stone to make it easier to slip my fingers underneath and pick it up later.)
If you have wire that is easy to manipulate, you can tie a loose knot in the top wire. This loop will allow you to hang the stone onto the picture hook. I’ll show you how to improvise if your wire is too strong to be able to tie a knot.
Then attach the bottom wire by slipping it through the knot of the top wire.
Hold the wires in place with one hand and turn the stepping stone over. Bend the wire over the stone to secure the wire to the stone.
To make the wire look more attractive, you can cut the wire to a good enough length to secure the stone and then bend the wire to make a loop. This step is easier with more flexible wire.
When I was working with the stronger wire, I didn’t want to cut the wire and risk damaging the slate stepping stone–it was already crumbling in places from all my attempts at hanging the thing. So I decided to just make more “curls” in the wire with the pliers.
Another extra step with stronger wire is to add a loop for hanging. I attached the annealed wire to the steel wire by using the pliers to twist the flexible wire around the stronger wire.
Now you just need to hang the stepping stone on the fence. Pretty!